Bridging Studies VR (Volunteer Recruitment)
Recruitment of volunteers for Japanese bridging studies is recognized as one of the most challenging aspects of the clinical trial process in the United Kingdom. There are particular challenges faced during recruitment of Japanese volunteers and research has identified transportation as being a specific issue in the process. For instance, a trial that requires frequent travel for a behavioural intervention at a bridging study site may be a long distance away from the residence of the volunteer. This makes it all the more difficult to recruit volunteers for these bridging studies.
Generally, effective volunteer recruitment for bridging studies will involve a direct and personal approach, for this reason it is common practise for Clinical Research Organisations that conduct bridging studies for Japanese volunteers to have fluent Japanese speaking staff in order to satisfy the communication aspect of the recruitment process.
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Keys to Successful Patient Recruitment
Patients typically enjoy being noticed and singled out for something that is presented to them as special and important. This seems to inspire the special feeling that “I was asked to do it” – and they respond to the implication that their participation is appreciated and needed. It’s almost like telling them “I really would love to have you join in” or “We would really love to have you come.” Patients tend to have a positive response to feeling cared about and needed. They feel special because they have been singled out for their potential to help themselves, others, or humanity in general.
When enrolling patients, it is important to remember that most study participants will agree to sign up if they feel that the study will produce some benefit for them. This is despite being informed that they should not expect any benefits. Few patients will respond to written notices or be motivated by money – therefore your best bet in recruiting the required number of patients would be to implement the personal approach.
Patient recruitment is important for evaluating the efficacy and safety of various medical interventions on patients suffering from specific illnesses. In order to succeed at patient recruitment, it is important to apply the following principles:
- Monitor the recruitment statistics closely
- Ensure flexibility in protocol change
- Appoint recruiters with certain specific characteristics
- Be patient – recruitment can be costly and time consuming
- Have a sufficient budget for your recruitment personnel to work with.
Depending on the specific clinical trial, you will need to implement customized solutions tailored to meet the study’s unique needs. For instance, when conducting a patient recruitment drive amongst elderly patients, you may need to conduct a careful evaluation of the available transportation options while planning your study. In addition, you may want to consider a multiple-site study, as well as adopt alternative intervention methods that would allow patients to receive their intervention at home, such as via internet-based 2-way video conferencing or home study video tapes.
Although there are challenges that come with recruiting patients for clinical trials, various factors may contribute to the success of the recruitment. Close monitoring of the recruitment and flexibility in protocol change are the two vital keys to successful recruitment. The personal characteristic of the recruiters also plays an important role. Finally, careful planning and allocation of an adequate recruitment budget is essential for the success of the patient recruitment operation.